What does VETDSS stand for?

VETDSS stands for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students and is also referred to as VETDSSS (Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary School Students). This term has replaced the former acronym we have previously used; VETIS (Vocational Education and Training in Schools).

Whilst the name has evolved, this term generally refers to a program enabling high school students to gain nationally recognised qualifications while at school. Students enrolled in such programs learn hands-on skills and knowledge required for specific industries, preparing them to enter the workforce or move onto a higher level course either during or after school.

VETDSS courses also contribute toward students achieving their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE). This is known in each state and territory by a different name:

  • Western Australia, the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACTSSC)
  • New South Wales, the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • Queensland, the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • South Australia, the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania, the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victoria, the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) (which will begin to be phased out commencing in 2023);

Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been delivering Vet Nursing and Animal Care related courses for over 25 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Outstanding Track Record

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 93% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They're approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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